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Monday, September 7, 2015

Lagos tasks drug manufacturers on vaccine production

Lagos—Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has urged local drug manufacturers to intensify research efforts on vaccines and drugs capable of curing ailments that are prevalent in the country.
He made the call yesterday at the opening of the Nigerian Pharma Expo 2015 organised by the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, PMG-MAN in Lagos.
Speaking at the event, Ambode also challenged the drug manufacturers to adhere strictly to quality standards in their production processes in order to be globally competitive.
Describing the ongoing restructuring of the Federal machinery as a key process, he said it would result in a more effective approach by relevant agencies to address fake and substandard drugs in the country.
Pledging a business-friendly environment for manufacturers in the state, the Governor said: “As we continue to work hard to sustain these efforts I urge you on your part to intensify efforts in research especially on the use of local materials as input in the production process.
”All of these efforts and strict adherence to best quality standards will no doubt enhance international competiveness of the industry.”
Continuing, Ambode, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Primary Healthcare Board, Dr. Kayode Oguntimilehin, called on the Federal Government to accord the manufacturing sector special considerations and concession to enjoy a comparative advantage against imported products especially at this time the country cannot guarantee the quality of what is being imported.
“We expect to see policies that will boost business for manufacturers,” he added.
The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, who declared the event open, said the Agency had actively encouraged the local pharmaceutical industry to work towards attaining WHO prequalification which will facilitate access to medicines that meet unified standards of quality, safety and efficacy for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
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